The United Methodist bishops in Africa this week released a statement urging all bishops of their denomination to uphold the church's teachings on marriage and sexuality, saying they are "deeply saddened" that the Bible and the Methodist Book of Discipline are being ignored by some clergy.
"We are deeply saddened that the Holy Bible, our primary authority for faith and the practice of Christian living, and our Book of Discipline are being grossly ignored by some members and leaders of our Church in favor of social and cultural practices that have no scriptural basis for acceptance in Christian worship and conduct," the bishops said in a statement released this week at the Council of Bishops' fall retreat in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.
"We support laws in civil society that define marriage as the union of one man and one woman," the United Methodist Church says. "The United Methodist Church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers this practice incompatible with Christian teaching." more >>
The Frankford Presbyterian Church has changed its membership from the Missouri Union Presbytery (PCUSA) to the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians, which has more than 200 congregations across the United States, due to the beliefs of the congregation.
The Frankford church, which had applied for membership in the ECO denomination in June, was released by the Missouri Union Presbytery last week.
"With this move, Frankford joins the First Presbyterian Church of Hannibal and the Bonhomme Presbyterian Church in Chesterfield, St. Louis County, as ECO congregations in Eastern Missouri," reports Hannibal Courier-Post. more >>
The global persecution of Christians is uniting denominations, including Evangelicals and Roman Catholics, Pope Francis said in a message earlier this week.
"In various parts of the world, the witness to Christ, even to the shedding of blood, has become a shared experience of Catholics, Orthodox, Anglicans, Protestants, Evangelicals and Pentecostals, which is deeper and stronger than the differences which still separate our churches and ecclesial communities," Francis said in a message to Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. more >>
Anglican leader the Most Rev. Justin Welby and Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, joined together in a speech urging the world's Christians to lead the fight against climate change.
Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of close to 300 million Orthodox Christians, visited Welby at the Lambeth Palace in London this week, The Telegraph reported, and insisted that climate change is a "moral crisis."
Bartholomew called on Christians and people around the world to change their day-to-day behavior, instead of relying only on politicians making treaties concerning the environment. more >>
A Texas congregation with approximately 2,200 members has voted to disaffiliate from Presbyterian Church (USA) over theological differences.
First Presbyterian Church of San Antonio members voted Sunday to seek dismissal from PC (USA) and to join the more conservative Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians.
According to a vote tally provided to The Christian Post by FPC San Antonio, out of 1,072 voting members present 87.3 percent voted to terminate their affiliation with PC(USA) and 85.6 percent voted to join ECO. more >>
Could some evangelists within the nation's largest Presbyterian denomination be moving away from the practice of calling sinners to repentance?
An early report from the August conference of a church-planting movement within Presbyterian Church (USA), called 1001 New Worshipping Communities, suggests the possibility.
In a report on said conversations, published last month by Research Services of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, it was documented that "millennials respond to a different style of evangelism than did previous generations." more >>